Tackle and Gear

As you set out across the grassy flats of the Chandeleur Island chain, you’ll largely be targeting speckled trout and redfish. You’ll also come across the occasional flounder, ladyfish, bluefish, jack crevalle, tarpon, and various species of sharks.

“What tackle should I bring?”, is probably the most common question we get here at Chandeleur Charters. The trout and reds at the Chandeleur Islands aren’t picky about baits. If you’ve got a favorite bait or technique that you use at home, it will work out here, too. But if you’re looking for some suggestions on what to put in your tackle bag, here’s a good start.

2 rods and reels (casting or spinning, or fly if you’re inclined) spooled with 14- to 17-pound test monofilament or 20- to 30-pound braided line

Tackle Box Suggestions:
Soft-plastics (paddeltails and straight-tails)
Jigheads, 1/8- and 1/4-ounce
Cocahoes or Sparkle Beetles
DOA Shrimp
Johnson Sprites
Mirr-O-lures (sinking or floating)
Corks (popping or mauler corks)
Shad Rigs
Top Dogs
30-pound monofilament leaders

Wade Fishing Gear:
Long Pants
Wading Belt
Wading boots or tennis shoes and socks
Long stringer
Needlenose pliers
Lightweight, long-sleeve shirts and pants

Clothing and Miscellaenous Gear:
Shorts and extra clothing
Sandals or deck shoes
Ice Chest (for bringing your fish home, there are ice chests on the boat for your drinks)
Insect repellant
Louisiana fishing license (these can be purchased online, or at the dock before you head out)
Prescription medications
Headache, Motion Sickness, etc. medications
Personal toiletries
Alcoholic beverages if desired (cans are preferred over glass)